Panthers' Jagr continues climb up scoring list
SUNRISE, FLA. – Surrounded by young talent on the Florida Panthers, aging veteran Jaromir Jagr is proving he can still contribute.
Jagr scored his 718th NHL goal, moving into fifth place on the career list, and added an assist in the Panthers' 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.
The 43-year-old Jagr, who gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead, passed Hall of Famer Phil Esposito with his first goal since March 1. Jagr has scored two with Florida since being acquired from New Jersey on Feb. 28.
Jonathan Huberdeau dropped the puck to Jagr in the left circle, and he fired a shot past Petr Mrazek on the glove side at 10:55 of the second.
Jagr's line with Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov has been especially effective for the Panthers.
"They're still young. Me too," Jagr said. "I've got a lot of games left."
Scottie Upshall and Brandon Pirri also scored, and Roberto Luongo made 25 saves in his return after missing six games.
•THE PRICE IS RIGHT: Carey Price made 31 saves for his league-leading and career-best 39th victory of the season, lifting the Montreal Canadiens past the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0. Price also earned his eighth shutout for the Canadiens, who got goals from Dale Weise, Brendan Gallagher, David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty. Anton Khudobin stopped 18 of 22 shots for Carolina, which has lost five of its past six. Montreal has won five in a row against the Hurricanes. The Canadiens set the tone early with first-period goals from Weise and Gallagher.
•WILD-CARD INCENTIVE: Andrew Ladd scored the decisive shootout goal to give the host Winnipeg Jets a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues. The Jets are trying to hold off Calgary in the wild-card race in the Western Conference.
•SCORING IN SHORT ORDER: Brett Ritchie and Jamie Benn scored 83 seconds apart in the second period, and the host Dallas Stars held on to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1. Benn set up Ritchie's deflection goal at 2:15 of the second, and put his own rebound past Marc-Andre Fleury at 3:37 for a 2-0 lead.
•CHARGING SENATORS: Bobby Ryan's third-period goal broke a tie and lifted the host Ottawa Senators to a 6-4 victory over the Boston Bruins in a back-and-forth game. The surging Senators moved within two points of the Bruins in the race for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa has a game in hand. Kyle Turris netted two goals.